Critics Consensus: Get Him to the Greek Is Certified Fresh

Plus, Splice is smart horror, Marmaduke is mangy, and guess Killers? Tomatometer!

This week at the movies, we've got rock 'n' roll ribaldry (Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill): DNA disturbances (Splice, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley); a canine caper (Marmaduke, starring Owen Wilson and William H. Macy); and espionage entanglements (Killers, starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher). What do the critics have to say?
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Get Him to the Greek

It might seem like fun to hang with your favorite rock star - unless you actually have to do it. The critics say Get Him to the Greek takes this inspired premise and wrings plenty of terrific gags from it, making for a film that has such high energy that its lapses are easy to forgive. In this quasi-sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jonah Hill stars as a low-level record company employee who's been given a daunting assignment: get a crazed, hedonistic rock star (Russell Brand) to show up on time for his band's 10-year reunion show. Naturally, everything goes haywire as Hill finds himself in the midst of his target's wild lifestyle. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Get Him to the Greek may not be the most disciplined comedy in the world, and it gets a little mushy at the end, but for the most part, this is a raunchy, clever, and deftly-acted good time. (Check out this week's Total Recall, in which we run down our favorite cinematic party animals.)


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Splice

Given our collective anxieties about both childbirth and cloning, a movie like Splice is sure to touch a nerve. And critics say this sci-fi/horror flick is a creepy and provocative piece of work - even if it doesn't completely live up to its fantastic premise. Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star as a pair of biochemists who craft a new being by combining human DNA with a miasma of animal features - and must confront the moral and practical ramifications of their creation. The pundits say Splice has an ice-cold, queasily compelling look, and is smarter and more philosophical than your typical horror fare, though it's hampered by an uneven tone and a middling conclusion.


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Marmaduke

Marmaduke has been in the funny pages since the 1950s, so it was inevitable that the gigantic, implicitly savage pooch would eventually wind up on the big screen. Unfortunately, critics say there's precious little to chew on here, despite the presence of some talented actors. Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson) finds the titular Great Dane on the run after an embarrassing mishap with his new masters, who hit the road to find him; hilarious talking-dog hi-jinks and romance ensue. The pundits say this is strictly juvenile fare padded to feature length, with little to delight kids or their parents.


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Killers

It appears the folks behind Killers don't believe their film will slay with the critics, since it wasn't screened prior to release. Jen (Katherine Heigl) is a lonely gal who's just met Spencer, a guy who seems to be too good to be true; naturally, it turns out he's a secret agent and she's about to get caught in the line of fire. Hey, tomatoes, stop playing that first-person shooter and guess that Tomatometer!


Also opening this week in limited release:

  • Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, a documentary about life on the ground for the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian organization, is at 100 percent.
  • Whiz Kids, a doc about three teens competing in a prestigious national science competition, is at 100 percent.
  • Cropsey, a doc about a child killer that many assumed was an urban legend, is at 89 percent.
  • Double Take, a genre-defying meditation on the work of Alfred Hitchcock, is at 67 percent.
  • Neil Jordan's Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in the fantastical tale of a fisherman who ensnares a beautiful woman, is at 61 percent.
  • Finding Bliss, starring Leelee Sobieski and Matt Davis in a comedy about a film school grad that finds work in the porn industry, is at 14 percent.

Comments

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Splice and maybe Greek.
Might check those docs out as well if I have the time.

Jun 3 - 04:58 PM

Glenn W.

Glenn Welsh

any shock that Killers wasn't screened for critics? Killers sounds like True Lies without James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, or anything elase that's good. maybe if Ashton Kutcher spent less time wishing phony sympathy to dead celebrities on Twitter to his millions of lamebrain followers, maybe he might actually come up with a project that is halfway decent. but then again, this is the guy who brought us Punk'd, so maybe he should stick with whoring himself on social networking sites and fully dedicate himself to a pseudo-celebrity status.

Jun 3 - 05:02 PM

manwithoutfear19

Daniel Raimondi

punk'd was good but if twitter is all he wants to do with his career then he pretty much sucks then

Jun 3 - 07:38 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Don't forget about those outrageously zanny camera commercials!

Jun 4 - 08:24 AM

Stoney Beers

Brice Metzker

Of course the only movie my theater is getting is the Killers. Im gonna geuss 43%. lame

Jun 3 - 05:12 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Greek is actually good? Didn't see that coming. Of course I'll still be skipping it.

Actually I'll be skipping all this week and going to see Prince of Persia again. Who knew it'd be a video game adaption that would be the most entertaining movie so far this summer? Scott Pilgrim, Inception, and Toy Story 3 are the only others that look decent the rest of the summer.

Jun 3 - 05:14 PM

Frank F.

Frank Franklin

Skipping Greek to see Prince of Persia again? Thanks Throw an Onion for letting me know to never trust your judgement in movies.

Jun 3 - 06:24 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Your welcome Frank. I'll take hot English chicks over puking fat guys any day.

Jun 3 - 06:56 PM

Frank F.

Frank Franklin

To each his own I guess. I can just see hot chicks on the Internet. I don't have to sit through a boring two-hour movie to get the same experience.

Jun 3 - 07:41 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Well to be honest the power went out halfway through during my first viewing and I enjoyed the first half so I don't have any problem going again. Also Gemma Arterton is just so much better on the big screen.

Jun 3 - 08:03 PM

MightyMad

Joseph Belizaire

Just so you know, Throw An Onion: there's a whole lot of hot English chicks in "Greek"... with a wholoe of hot American chicks too.

Jun 4 - 04:32 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

I've always wanted a chick with a sting ray tail and kangaroo legs, so I'll be checking out Splice this weekend.

Jun 4 - 08:57 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

lol.

Jun 6 - 01:19 AM

Brandon L.

Brandon Smith

Skipping a movie with Russell Brand should need no explanation by the way.

Jun 4 - 06:23 PM

DoctorXeno

Jonathan Nono

Please, Apatow has fanboys? Oh no.

Jun 4 - 10:36 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

Good news for POP fans... Disney has given the greenlight for a sequel,"Prince of Persia: The Waste of Time"

Jun 4 - 08:41 PM

T45Red

Mitchell Nash

Haha! Good one. XD Made me laugh.

Jun 6 - 01:52 PM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

Wow your gonna skip Greek for POP. I guess i must have seen a different movie than you did when i saw it.

Jun 3 - 08:50 PM

Clint D.

Clint Davis

This is the guy who still hasn't given AVATAR a viewing yet but went out of his way to see The Lovely Bones.
Odd choices but to each their own

Jun 4 - 07:40 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Are you stalking me? Considering your avatar is of The Human Centipede I'm kind of freaking out now.

Jun 4 - 11:56 AM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

i find it funny how everyone thinks their opinion is the only good or real opinion. didn't like POP? so? some people did, who cares

Jun 6 - 01:04 AM

AshCosgrove

Chris Dietz

Here's hoping that Splice is really good (I'm seeing the midnight showing), I'm sick of raunchy comedies so I'm not going to see Get Him to the Greek (here's to many quote-athons from douchebags), and I hope George Lopez falls in a hole never have to hear his racist attitude again. Who thought Marmaduke was a good idea anyway? I mean the comic strip sucks so why would the movie be any good... oy I hate this country. Owen Wilson is the only person whom I respect this week because he has proven himself a good actor. Not going to see Killers either, mostly because it looks like everything that is wrong with both romantic comedies AND action movies, also America.

Jun 3 - 05:28 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

If you don't like America them GET OUT!!!

Jun 3 - 07:30 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

No siht, August. He can take his Ash to Mexico. I'd trade him for a hungry-for-work Mexican any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Jun 4 - 09:09 AM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

How very mature of you.

Jun 6 - 01:33 AM

Don't Tase Me Bro

Don't Tase Me Bro

Betcha anything Ashton Kutcher's the real problem with THE KILLERS. In fact, Ashton Kutcher is the only problem with all of his movies.

But he's shagging Bruce Willis's mocked-up, 2.0-ex-wife, and obviously loves himself so much (and thinks you and everyone one you know should too) to Tweet about his favourite obsession all day long: himself.

When will Hollywood execs realize he's overexposed and overrated? This 'Emperor' truly has no clothes...

More shockingly, the dude has a 0% career T-meter rating.

ZERO-PERCENT!

(Come on RT, you were brave enough to post Heigl's career T-meter rating, but what gives for Kutcher? Too embarrassed?)

17 films, all rated below 50%...

Even Larry the Cable Guy has a 40% career T-meter rating. It's time to show the attention-whore the door!


/Rant over. Sorry dudes...

Jun 3 - 05:42 PM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

I'm agree with everything you just said. He is really bad at picking movies. Killers doesn't look any better.

Jun 3 - 08:54 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

just out of curiosity, shouldn't this article be released on Friday instead of Thursday? The scores always change drastically for films the day they come out. It's possible that neither Splice or Greek will be positive once more reviews are in.

my guess is 12% for Killers

Jun 3 - 05:43 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

It has always been released on Thursdays, where have you been?

Jun 3 - 07:27 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

i know. i've been on this site for a few years. i am just saying for accuracy purposes a Friday release would be better. but i also understand that RT is trying to let viewers know what to see, but sometimes the gun is jumped with what is called fresh and rotten in the Critical Consensus articles. so sometimes the articles' purpose is defeated by the timing

Jun 3 - 07:48 PM

redgarlic68

Angelica Portillo

That's right, but I've always checked it before going to the movies on friday, and that would be a good reason

Jun 4 - 08:11 PM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

I bet Marmaduke ends up with a better number than Killers. Still i'd rather sit through killers than that whole mess of stuff that came out last weekend.

Jun 3 - 08:56 PM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

place a bet, which movie bombs the most, Killers or Marmaduke. at least their is some competition for worse movie of the week

Jun 6 - 01:06 AM

cornelius fucklebutt

John Maus

My money is on "Marmaduke".

Jun 6 - 06:33 AM

Todd A.

Todd Anderson

Killers and Knight and Day look to similar and between the two of them Tom Cruises movie looks more creative and not just a rehash of True Lies. I will be very surprised if it breaks past 40%.

Jun 3 - 05:45 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

I have no interest in Greek (didn't see Forgetting Sarah Marshall) or Splice. I might have seen Splice if it had gotten great reviews. But simply okay isn't going to get me too interested.

Marmaduke surprised me with its rating. I was expecting something worse since it looks about the same as Furry Vengeance but with talking (and dancing!?) animals. I expect it to crash and burn, especially with how it has barely been advertised except in the last week and the fact that Shrek and Dragon are still out to get the kid audience.

I would have to say that Killers will get a 50%. I have to agree that it looks like a poor-man's True Lies. Plus Heigl and Kutcher don't have the greatest record with leading movies.

Jun 3 - 06:05 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

if you haven't seen Sarah Marshall you ought to give it a shot. it was pretty damn funny.

Jun 3 - 08:09 PM

JettaJameson

James Lowell

You really should see Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I was surprised how much I ended up liking it. It's a laugh riot.

Jun 4 - 08:46 PM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

Movies really suck this year.

Killers - 28%

Jun 3 - 06:18 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Toy Story 3 and Inception? Granted its a weak showing by everything else but based on those two alone this year is going to be good.

Jun 3 - 07:01 PM

fotc

nicholas hernandez

inception = dreamscape rip-off plot... so lets not give it too much credit

Jun 3 - 11:30 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

First. The plot of Inception has barely been revealed so blaming it of ripping off another film is ridiculous. Second. What we've seen of the plot makes it pretty evident that it isn't actually ripping anything off. It may have similar elements (entering dreams and assassinations) but they're two completely different stories.

Jun 4 - 06:23 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

uh, yeah- saying 'Inception' a rip-off of 'Dreamscape' --especially without knowing what the plot is-- is kind of like saying 'Kill Bill' is a rip-off of 'Highlander' because they both involve a quasi-superhuman hero killing lots of people with a japanese sword.

Jun 4 - 07:30 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Or saying that Inception is going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread based on the same, 'make-no-sense', trailers is also just as ridiculous. People are banking on 'the great and powerful' Nolan to deliver another movie that's on par with their blessEd TDK. In my OPINION, I think this movie is going to bomb.

Damn, I'm starting to sound like Gordon.

Jun 6 - 03:33 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

...or saying Saving Private Ryan ripped off Platoon because they are both sad war movies.

Jun 4 - 08:31 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Or that Donnie Darko ripped off Bambi because they both had rabbits in them.

Jun 4 - 11:57 AM

Frank F.

Frank Franklin

Skipping Greek to see Prince of Persia again? Thanks Throw an Onion for letting me know to never trust your judgement in movies.

Jun 3 - 06:24 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Your welcome Frank. I'll take hot English chicks over puking fat guys any day.

Jun 3 - 06:56 PM

Frank F.

Frank Franklin

To each his own I guess. I can just see hot chicks on the Internet. I don't have to sit through a boring two-hour movie to get the same experience.

Jun 3 - 07:41 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Well to be honest the power went out halfway through during my first viewing and I enjoyed the first half so I don't have any problem going again. Also Gemma Arterton is just so much better on the big screen.

Jun 3 - 08:03 PM

MightyMad

Joseph Belizaire

Just so you know, Throw An Onion: there's a whole lot of hot English chicks in "Greek"... with a wholoe of hot American chicks too.

Jun 4 - 04:32 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

I've always wanted a chick with a sting ray tail and kangaroo legs, so I'll be checking out Splice this weekend.

Jun 4 - 08:57 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

lol.

Jun 6 - 01:19 AM

Brandon L.

Brandon Smith

Skipping a movie with Russell Brand should need no explanation by the way.

Jun 4 - 06:23 PM

DoctorXeno

Jonathan Nono

Please, Apatow has fanboys? Oh no.

Jun 4 - 10:36 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

Good news for POP fans... Disney has given the greenlight for a sequel,"Prince of Persia: The Waste of Time"

Jun 4 - 08:41 PM

T45Red

Mitchell Nash

Haha! Good one. XD Made me laugh.

Jun 6 - 01:52 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

i swear i just found out 'toy story 3' premiered here on tuesday (even stranger is the fact it was tuesday, because movies premier here on thursdays). why would that happen? will be seeing it sunday then... hope the fact i haven't seen number 2 doesn't affect it in any way. (fingers crossed to catch something which isn't dubbed)

Jun 3 - 06:40 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

oh, cleary that 'killers' thing will have 78%.

Jun 3 - 06:41 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

no, it will have to be dubbed. oh well...

Jun 3 - 06:46 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

oh, cleary that 'killers' thing will have 78%.

Jun 3 - 06:41 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

no, it will have to be dubbed. oh well...

Jun 3 - 06:46 PM

GREMMIE69

Frank Smathers

I don't know why they didn't allow reviews for Killers. I've seen it and it's good. It's not exactly what I was expecting - it's not another sappy soap opera and it's not a spy adventure but it has romance and action. It's completely unpredictable. Ashton does a great job and Heigl is a great actress. Tom Selleck and Catherine O'Hara are hilarious as Heigl's parents. The guy who plays Horny Henry is also quite hilarious. Killers is fun. I'm taking my whole family on Sunday afternoon so they don't have to wait for the DVD.

Jun 3 - 06:48 PM

Rockslide

Rocky Davies

I'm just curious to hear if you work for Lionsgate?

Jun 4 - 02:42 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

..or maybe a stepford wife?

Jun 4 - 07:31 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

GREMMIE69 = Demi Moore

Jun 6 - 09:51 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

I smell chlorophyll.

Jun 7 - 07:14 AM

waggaga1

noel noel

Splice! :)

And I'll probably see Get Him To The Greek... I actually thought Forgetting Sarah Marshall was really good, so the spin-off should be fun.

Jun 3 - 06:50 PM

waggaga1

noel noel

Oh, and I'm guessing.... 47% for Killers.

Jun 3 - 09:16 PM

Brendon D.

Brendon Day

The only bits i enjoyed in Forgetting Sarah marshal were Jonah hill's Paul Rudd and Russel Brand. not the main cast. not good for a comedy

but seeing as Jonah and Russel are in this one it will be like Sarah Marshal just less boring cast. fingers crossed

Jun 6 - 01:09 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Your welcome Frank. I'll take hot English chicks over puking fat guys any day.

Jun 3 - 06:56 PM

Frank F.

Frank Franklin

To each his own I guess. I can just see hot chicks on the Internet. I don't have to sit through a boring two-hour movie to get the same experience.

Jun 3 - 07:41 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Well to be honest the power went out halfway through during my first viewing and I enjoyed the first half so I don't have any problem going again. Also Gemma Arterton is just so much better on the big screen.

Jun 3 - 08:03 PM

MightyMad

Joseph Belizaire

Just so you know, Throw An Onion: there's a whole lot of hot English chicks in "Greek"... with a wholoe of hot American chicks too.

Jun 4 - 04:32 AM

Rhett Bratner

Art Jones

I've always wanted a chick with a sting ray tail and kangaroo legs, so I'll be checking out Splice this weekend.

Jun 4 - 08:57 PM

Luvagoo

Tallulah Robinson

lol.

Jun 6 - 01:19 AM

Brandon L.

Brandon Smith

Skipping a movie with Russell Brand should need no explanation by the way.

Jun 4 - 06:23 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Toy Story 3 and Inception? Granted its a weak showing by everything else but based on those two alone this year is going to be good.

Jun 3 - 07:01 PM

fotc

nicholas hernandez

inception = dreamscape rip-off plot... so lets not give it too much credit

Jun 3 - 11:30 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

First. The plot of Inception has barely been revealed so blaming it of ripping off another film is ridiculous. Second. What we've seen of the plot makes it pretty evident that it isn't actually ripping anything off. It may have similar elements (entering dreams and assassinations) but they're two completely different stories.

Jun 4 - 06:23 AM

TombstoneLawDog

Daniel Klein

uh, yeah- saying 'Inception' a rip-off of 'Dreamscape' --especially without knowing what the plot is-- is kind of like saying 'Kill Bill' is a rip-off of 'Highlander' because they both involve a quasi-superhuman hero killing lots of people with a japanese sword.

Jun 4 - 07:30 AM

rle4lunch

Chad W

Or saying that Inception is going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread based on the same, 'make-no-sense', trailers is also just as ridiculous. People are banking on 'the great and powerful' Nolan to deliver another movie that's on par with their blessEd TDK. In my OPINION, I think this movie is going to bomb.

Damn, I'm starting to sound like Gordon.

Jun 6 - 03:33 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

...or saying Saving Private Ryan ripped off Platoon because they are both sad war movies.

Jun 4 - 08:31 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

Or that Donnie Darko ripped off Bambi because they both had rabbits in them.

Jun 4 - 11:57 AM

Alexson Philip

Alexson Philipiah

im guessing a 40% for Killers, to bad Splice didn't get exactly the amazing reviews it was anticipated to have gotten. In fact, almost every anticipated film of 2010 has not gotten higher then a 76%, which is KICK ASS, the film you all forgot about. alice in wonderland, iron man 2, shutter island, splice, Wolfman, etc, have all have failed in anticipation levels for critics atleast.

Jun 3 - 07:08 PM

Jonathan Edward O.

Jon Owens

OMG that means Inception is next oh dear God nooooooooooooooooo.

Jun 3 - 11:30 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Probably Get Him to the Greek for me. And why is Marmaduke being targeted to kids? The comic strip is often too witty for someone under 12 to understand.

Jun 3 - 07:25 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Answer: charming talking dog.

Jun 4 - 08:34 AM

August M.

Agustin Macias

Funny thing about it, he NEVER talks in the comic strip.

Jun 4 - 04:53 PM

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